For those who remain Immortal or leave something of themselves to posterity!
Me, I will be leaving behind only my children!
‘Nobody knows exactly when the 39-year-old, who went by the online moniker “Dare Dellcan,” took his life. Nobody knows why the normally cheery creative director and design company owner did it. And for the first couple of days, few people besides the police officers who found his body on July 16 knew he was dead.
The day after the discovery, a message appeared on Dowdell’s Facebook wall.
“I am a friend of Anthony’s. I wish I could call you all to inform you personally and this is probably a crappy way to find this out but our dear friend Anthony aka Ant aka Dare Dellcan has passed away. It is confirmed. I live around the corner and I have spoken with authorities this evening … I am only sharing this because if I was Anthony’s friend, I would want to know too. And I know that Anthony had friends all over the place.”
Dowdell had 692 friends on the social network. They were in New Jersey, where he lived, New York City, where he was raised, and spread from Los Angeles to Miami. A few were in Brazil and Italy. As with most people on Facebook, they were former girlfriends and dates-turned-friends, high school and college classmates, co-workers. Many hadn’t seen him in years. Most didn’t know each other.
The message on Facebook, linked to a newspaper article about an unnamed manfound dead in a truck in the store’s parking lot, is how nearly all learned of Dowdell’s death.
While it is not correct to approve of the Teen Moms, some comments bring forth these Teens‘ commitment to the child.
However it is boorish behavior to comment nastily in this page .
Teen mothers have taken to a Facebook page called “I Hate Teen Moms” to fight back against comments they are “sluts” and a “burden on society.”
“I’m not struggling at all because I do my responsibility & I also work hard for it still able to have time for my child more than 8 hours a day. I receive no help at all from anyone,” a woman identifying herself as a 17-year-old teen mother wrote.
The “I Hate Teen Moms” page, which has garnered more than 26,000 “likes,” includes rants and name-calling that the administrator insists are simply “satire and dark humor” that is not violating Facebook’s terms of service or breaking any laws.
If you think that by clicking ‘Like’ in Facebook that’s the end of it.
You are wrong.
Facebook ‘Like’s on your behalf and updates.
That means not only your information is shared but some machine determines what it thinks you ‘Like!’
You might think clicking “Like” is the only way to stamp that public FB affirmation on something—you’re wrong. Facebook is checking your private messages and automatically liking things you talk about. Update: Sort of.
The scanning which is either an oversight on Facebook’s part of a deliberate effort—we’re waiting to hear back from FB increases the Like count for a given page Like-able link just by you talking about it. Auto-scanning is nothing new: Gmail has done it since day one to serve us ads. But there are serious potential personal consequences here—what if I’m talking about something disgusting, loathsome, and offensive with a friend? Do I want Facebook to automatically chalk that up as a Like? No. And I doubt you do either.
The auto-liking could also be a big deal for those who want to artificially inflate their popularity online—say, people with something to sell. “Yeap, it won’t drive any traffic to your website. But if your [sic] visiting an online store and you see a lot of likes under the product then this might cloud your judgement,” notes one commenter on Hacker News, where the mechanism was first reported.
To test the auto-scanning, message this link to a friend—it should increase the like count by two. I was able to independently verify the same effect by messaging a link to singer The-Dream’s official page to a friend. It increased his Likes without me ever clicking the button. As much as I truly to Like (and love!) The-Dream, this isn’t how it’s supposed to work, Facebook.It turns out this was just a very unlikely coincidence that played out in more than one place—the auto-liking only applies to external links with embedded Facebook liking. So, say I send someone a private Facebook message with a Gizmodo post, which contains a Like button. That will increase the counter, not talking about The-Dream on FB itself.
So your name isn’t being associated publicly with something you’re talking about privately—but if even a mention is enough to kick up a Like, it seems like that’s pretty heavily diluting (even further) what “like” even means—from preference to mere reference. Would you say every single proper noun you utter each day should be something you like? [Hacker News via Forbes]
Update: According to a Facebook spokesperson, although messaging will auto-increase a page or link’s Like count, it won’t publicly associate you with that Like. In other words, your identity won’t be exposed. The full statement is below:
Absolutely no private information has been exposed. Each time a person shares a URL to Facebook, including through messages, the number of shares displayed on the social plugin for that website increases. Our systems parse the URL being shared in order to render the appropriate preview, and to also ensure that the message is not spam. These counts do not affect the privacy settings of content, and URLs shared through private messages are not attributed publicly with user profiles.
We did recently find a bug with our social plugins where at times the count for the Share or Like goes up by two, and we are working on fix to solve the issue now. To be clear, this only affects social plugins off of Facebook and is not related to Facebook Page likes. This bug does not impact the user experience with messages or what appears on their timelines.
Update 2: Facebook has further clarified the auto-like mechanism, explaining that Facebook Pages aren’t affected:
How insensitive can one get in the pursuit of money!
How insensitive can one get in the pursuit of money!
While millions of people evacuated the coastline along the Indian Ocean following the 8.6 magnitude earthquake that shook northern Indonesia Wednesday, KFCThailand insisted that they rush home and order a bucket of chicken.
Local authorities along the Indian Ocean rim braced for a disastrous tsunami, people fled for higher ground. According to the Associated Press, in an inopportune moment KFC posted on its Facebook page: “Let’s hurry home and follow the earthquake news. And don’t forget to order your favorite KFC menu.”
By the time tsunami warnings subsided, hundreds of people began lambasting the company on Thai web pages, prompting the immediate removal of the message. An apology replaced the post, asking for forgiveness for the error.
For many, Wednesday’s earthquakes served as a painful reminder of the devastating outcome of the Asian tsunami in 2004 that claimed 230,000 lives in the same region.
Repression breeds contempt and it leads to people,s anger , which spills into streets.
The so called Democracies which seem to pontificate on Freedom have been supporting the tinpot dictators till the other day.
People do not know whom to turn to.
Repression breeds contempt and it leads to people’s anger , which spills into streets.
The so-called Democracies which seem to pontificate on Freedom have been supporting the tin pot dictators till the other day.
People do not know whom to turn to.
If you really are for Democracy, you have to refrain from supporting dictators and support only Free Society at all times.
Other wise, revolutions and counter revolutions shall become a vicious cycle.
We seem to have done away with Gaddafi,more or less.
But what next?
The present rulers are at a loss as to what to do next.
Had we taken refrained from supporting dictators or at least refrained from extending aid to the dictator and help build a democratic opposition, things would not have come to such a pass.
Hamza Ali al-Khateeb, a round-faced 13-year-old boy, was arrested at a protest in Jiza, a southern Syrian village near Dara’a, on April 29. Nothing was known of him for a month before his mutilated corpse was returned to his family on the condition, according to activists, that they never speak of his brutal end….
Circulating in various versions, the video has injected new life into a six-week uprising against President Bashar al-Assad that has appeared to settle into a bloody stalemate of protests and violent government responses. In the days since news of the death spread, more than 58,000 people have visited and expressed support for a Facebook pagememorializing the boy, Hamza Ali al-Khateeb, as a “child martyr.”
Demonstrators in several Syrian cities protested the boy’s death last weekend, weaving chants and banners dedicated to him into the mix of antigovernment slogans that have become staples of the uprisings shaking the Arab world.
In a revolutionary season that has seen countless “Fridays of Rage” in half a dozen countries, Syrian activists marched on a day that some dubbed “the Saturday of Hamza.”
“People are very upset about the death of the young boy Hamza,” said one man active in protests in Homs, who asked not to be named for fear of the security forces. “He was just a child. It is a crime, a serious crime.”
The information being transmitted is one of Facebook’s basic building blocks: the unique “Facebook ID” number assigned to every user on the site. Since a Facebook user ID is a public part of any Facebook profile, anyone can use an ID number to look up a person’s name, using a standard Web browser, even if that person has set all of his or her Facebook information to be private. For other users, the Facebook ID reveals information they have set to share with “everyone,” including age, residence, occupation and photos.
The apps reviewed by the Journal were sending Facebook ID numbers to at least 25 advertising and data firms, several of which build profiles of Internet users by tracking their online activities.
According to the Journal‘s investigation, some of the apps (“Gift Creator” and “Quiz Creator” to name two) were giving out these user IDs to a company called RapLeaf, which specializes in “compil[ing] and sell[ing] profiles of individuals based in part on their online activities.” RapLeaf apparently linked the ID numbers it obtained from those applications to “dossiers” it already had in its system, and transmitted those IDs “to a dozen other advertising and data firms, including Google Inc.‘s Invite Media.”
What a brave new world, right? Well, here’s how to stop this from happening—or, at the very least, limit your exposure. We’ve arranged these in order from “most guaranteed to protect your privacy” to “well, at least you tried.”
There’s only one way to ensure protection against apps sharing your information: Turn them off entirely. Think about it: What apps do you use? How frequently do you use them? Do you really need them? Farmville? Seriously? Most Facebook apps are a waste of your time and don’t enhance your use of the site at all. So turn them off.
Step 1. From the menu in the upper right corner, go to “Privacy settings.”
Step 2. In the lower left corner of the privacy settings page you’ll find a link that lets you edit your settings for applications and websites. Click it. Step 3. Once you’ve gotten to the applications and websites privacy page, you’ll see an option to turn off platform applications. Click it. Step 4. Click the box that says “Select all” in order to select all applications. Then it “Turn off platform.” Step 5. Your screen should look like this. Your work here is done! Now, go play outside.
How to Remove Apps Manually
Of course, turning off apps also turns off the Facebook platform, the fancy thing that lets you “like” articles and websites (like this very one!), so you may not want to shut them off entirely, and settle for removing all of your apps manually. This ensures that you don’t have any apps sharing your information, but you can still help out your favorite bloggers by recommending their articles, hint, hint.
Step 1. From the applications and websites privacy page, follow the link to “Remove unwanted or spammy applications.” Step 2. This will bring up a page with a list of your applications. To remove individual applications, click on the “X” to the right of the application’s name. Step 3. Go on, you can do it. Feels good, doesn’t it?
How to Limit What Your Friends Can Share About You
Okay, but: Even if you don’t have any apps “installed,” your friends could still be sharing information inadvertently through their apps. Now, you can’t actually stop your aunt from playing Farmville, unfortunately. But you can limit your exposure to your aunt’s Farmville app.
Step 1. From the applications and websites privacy page, click the “Edit settings” button next to “Info accessible through your friends.” Step 2. Whoa! You see all those checkboxes? That’s the stuff that your friends’ apps can share. “The more you share, the more social the experience,” Facebook cheerfully reminds you. Uh huh. Uncheck all the boxes and hit “Save changes.”
How to Tweak Individual Applications
So you’re hopelessly attached to an application and need to keep it installed. If you’re lucky, it may have customizable settings that will help you limit what that app is allowed to see or share. Some of the most popular apps—Farmville and Texas Hold ‘Em, for example—don’t give you any options: You’re required to share everything they need, or you can’t use the application. Causes, on the other hand, allows a limited amount of tweaking.
Step 1. From the applications and websites privacy page, hit the “Edit settings” button next to “Applications you use.” Step 2. Click the “Edit settings” link for the application you’d like to tweak. Step 3. From the list of things the application is allowed to do, find the items you can remove. Hit the “Remove” link to remove them. Anything “Required”—i.e. if you don’t let the application do this thing, you can’t use it—will be greyed out.